The Week . . . So Far 8/21/2012

WE HAVE A WINNER!  She is Renita Dompier!  Please see end of this post for this week’s Mystery Spot answer.

The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island must employ a “think tank” full of fun folks to come up with new and exciting ideas and events.  You just never know what might be happening next at the historic hotel, and this week – with no fanfare at all – they began what has to be the most fun idea of the summer for their guests . . .

. . . . movies on the lawn! When the sun set on Saturday and Sunday evening, folks brought out towels and blankets and settled on the grass below the Grand for a family movie on a giant screen. What a “grand” idea! Don’t know if this is going to be an on-going weekend thing or not, but it sure was a hit!

The Grand is always thinking ahead, and according to a recent Matt Mikus article in the Town Crier, future plans may include:  1)  expansion of the exercise and spa facilities;  2) two hotel rooms expanded into family-style suites; and 3) an ice cream parlor where Margaret’s Garden Shop now stands (Margaret’s would move inside so guests could watch florists at work).  The ice cream parlor would offer such goodies as banana splits, malts, ice cream, AND Jersey muds!  Ted is ecstatic!  In all changes, the historical character of the hotel will be maintained, and one thing that will never change is the requirement of coat & tie for gentlemen and proper dress for ladies in the hotel and dining room after 6:30 p.m.  The Grand Hotel now owns four restaurants on the Island, and the option of casual dining is available at each of these off-site dining facilities – the Jockey Club, Woods, the Gate House,and Cawthorne’s Village Inn.

Monday was a busy day at the Stuart House.  Nearly 60 folks visited the museum during by 10-2 shift, and some of those folks were Bree’s Blog readers!

Ok, ok. Sophie doesn’t read the blog, but she sure was cute! Here she is showing off her new collar from Ella & Ivy!  She and Ella had fun playing while mom shopped.

Sophie’s mom Kathy IS a blog fan!  (Good grief, I lost the paper I wrote everything down on – but I believe Kathy’s husband was George and their two children were Ally and Anthony).  The family was staying at the dog-friendly Park Place Suites on Market Street.

Another blog-reading couple stopped by that morning – Karen and Neil from Fort Gratiot, MI. Jill was going to take the photo, but professional photographer Steven Blair, whose studio and gallery is just across from the Stuart House, saw us posing and walked over to get us all in the shot. Thanks, Steven! Karen and Neil stayed their first night at the Island House and were moving over to the Lake View Hotel the next night, when children and grandchildren were arriving.

Speaking of Steven, when I got off work, I walked over to check out the little garden he’s planted behind his studio. Would you believe those are tomato plants!? He’s growing four types of tomatoes and a few squash and pumpkins in that tiny space – all organic. I have never seen tomato vines that high, and yes, he promised to share when they got ripe!

We have zinnias in our condo flower beds this summer! Love them!

Incredible sunset on Sunday evening. (Photo: Mission Point Resort).

Reader Photographs

Fran from Florida.
Sunrise flag-raising on the Arnold Dock.
Fran spent a day this month on the Island with her two boys. They arrived early, when the downtown area was quiet, and then spent the day hiking in the middle of the Island.

Jean Lenard – Powell, Ohio
Lamp post and gardens at the Iroquois Hotel – in July.

Shannon Hoorn – Grand Rapids, MI
First weekend in August, 2012.
Mackinac Island from her son Nick’s perspective at Fort Mackinac.

Dave Crans – Canfield, Ohio
Dave was on the Island for five days recently and was lucky enough to be here on the evening of August 10 when that unbelievably beautiful rainbow appeared.

Personal Note:  There’s a very good possibility Ted and I are going to be out very late on Thursday evening (dinner and party at Woods Restaurant following golf tournament Ted is playing in).  If Friday’s blog isn’t posted before we leave for dinner, I’ll publish it sometime during the day on Friday.  See you then!

Mystery Spot Contest

The object of the Mystery Spot is to be the first to identify where the object is located. When you think you have the answer, email me at I’ll check my email several times a day, and as soon as we have a winner, I’ll post the winner’s name at the top of this blog so you can stop guessing (you may have to refresh your page for this to show up). Is there a prize for the winner?  Yes there is; but the prize is secret, and the only ones who will know what it is are the winners. To be fair, I’m asking residents of Mackinac Island to please NOT guess. This is just for readers who don’t live here . . . but would like to! And the Mystery Spot is   . . . .

Where is it? Hint: This is NOT at Turtle Park.

Again, please email your answers to me at  PLEASE DO NOT ANSWER IN THE “COMMENTS” SECTION OF THE BLOG.  Remember, I’ll post the winner at the top of this blog as soon as someone gives the correct answer.

Mystery Spot Answer

This week’s Mystery Spot was the chimney of the Michigan Governor’s Summer Residence located at the top of Fort Hill.

18 thoughts on “The Week . . . So Far 8/21/2012

  1. As always, great post. Will be on the island on Thursday – so far it’s been a busy week in St. Ignace. Think you’ll be over here at all for any of the St. Ignace All Family Reunion Week? Among many events – parade Friday night, wine & cheese cruise Saturday night and of course, the powwow Saturday & Sunday. So far the weather has been FANTASTIC. Have a great time on Thursday Brenda.

  2. Love to see the changes that the Grand Hotel is making. I wish I was there to sit under the stars to watch the movies.

    Also if anyone has the channel Ovation, on Sunday at 8pm will be “Somewhere In Time”. Can see the Island in it’s beauty.

  3. I Love Dave Crans picture of the rainbow…very nice Dave! Can’t wait to see all the other stuff in person in…5…yes 5 days!!!

  4. Lucky Hilde! 5 more days did you say? Have a great time-hope you get weather as nice as it’s been the last couple of weeks.

  5. Hi Bree,

    I have been following your blog for about a month and I just love, love, LOVE it! My husband Dave and our 2 traveling companions, Lady (Jack Russell-Shih Tzu mix) and Cosmo (Bichon Frisee) will be in St Ignace for the Bridge Walk and then coming to our beloved Mackinac Island Tuesday through Thursday. We’re counting the days! I just had to write to you after seeing Sophie and her mom! We are also going to be staying at Park Place Inn for the first time. I hope to run into you while we are visiting.


    • Oh darn, Pam. I won’t be working Labor Day at Stuart House because of the holiday. Will keep my eyes peeled for the two of you (will know you by your pooches!). Where are you from?

      • We live in Decatur, Michigan, about 320 miles away. When retirement time comes around, 7-10 years away, we plan to move to St. Ignace. I love to be in Mackinac, we visit 2 – 3 times a year. I can identify with you, it’s just so relaxing and I can feel the serenity come over me as soon as we go around that curve on I 75 where you see the bridge for the first time. It feels like we are home. Reading your blog makes my day, sharing tears and laugh-out-loud moments.

  6. Zinnias are one of my favorite summer flowers. Wow on the rainbow picture. Just back from vacation and had to catch up on all your posts. Next vacation…….the island end of Sept./1st of Oct. Coming for the sales!

  7. Hi Brenda! The pictures of you and the other bloggers are great!

    When we were on the island last week and meet you, we walked on up with our Bear to see the Grand’s new stables and I saw another celebrity dog. It was THE HULK!!! I was so excited and was yelling at my husband to hurry up to see Hulk. My poor husband didn’t have a clue who I was talking until we came upon the low hung bassett who was out for a walk. I explained that I was a huge fan of Bree’s blog so she didn’t have me hauled away! LOL! Your neighbor lady was really friendly and we had a nice visit.

    Also, we were at Doud’s one day and I am sure that I saw Ted but didn’t want him to think I was a stalker but next time I will say hello to him. He looks like he can tell some good stories!

    • The rainbow was much more beautiful in person, but I was lucky enough to get a few good shots of it. There was a light drizzle and the sun was out.

  8. We have loved reading your blog for the last few years and it was so nice to meet you and Jill on Monday!! We had a wonderful time on the Island and love looking at your pictures to remind us of our time there. We will be back soon! Thank you again for sharing your Island adventures!!!

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